A Democratic ad falsely claims Republican House candidate Bob Turner would cut Social Security benefits for seniors, something Turner says he would not do.Here's the ad:
The truth is that Turner has taken contradictory stands, saying he'd preserve both Social Security and Medicare "as they are" for anyone age 55 or over — but also calling for massive budget cuts, elimination of the capital gains tax, and repeal of the new health care law which, among other things, improved Medicare's coverage of prescription drugs. But this ad goes too far in claiming Turner explicitly favors cutting Social Security benefits for gray-haired senior citizens, which is not true.
The ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is one of three new ads attacking Turner in New York City, where Democrats — described by the New York Times as "panicked" — are in danger of losing a Sept. 13 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Anthony Weiner in a sex scandal. Some polls show Turner leading the Democratic candidate David Weprin in a district once considered solidly Democratic. The DCCC, a Democratic "super PAC" and Weprin's own campaign are all running TV ads in the expensive New York City market.
If Turner indeed pulls this off, it'll be curious to see the Democrat spin, when it's already been noted Obama is a drag on Democrats in current special election, including another in Nevada on Tuesday.